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Communication around Covid-19

From: Michael Mauger
Subject: Communication around Covid-19
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2020 03:00:34 +0000

   I certainly don't want to be an alarmist, and do believe that much of
   the media attention is very overblown, but I think FSF, and LibrePlanet
   specifically, needs to address conference plans in light of the current
   virus situation.

   I am aware of major business conferences being boycotted by both
   vendors and attendees over concerns;  I'm sure Free Software activists
   might be interested in what the LP response is going to be. Even just
   an acknowledgement that the conference is on, and recommending that
   those who do not feel well should stay home. Possibly a emphasis on
   remote attendance via live stream and any enhancements or
   accommodations that are going to be made to fully support and encourage
   participation of those who choose not to be locked in small enclosed
   spaces with several hundred fellow activists. A simple banner on the and sites seems warranted.

   I want to encourage some official communication about how the
   conference is making allowances to handle the current virus outbreak.
   While we may do nothing specific (not my preferred position) we should
   at least acknowledge the questions that attendees may be asking.

   MICHAEL@MAUGER.COM // FSF and EFF member // GNU Emacs sql.el maintainer

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